The 1st Annual World Whale Film Festival debuts Saturday, February 11 from 6pm to 9pm at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. Presented by Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF), the World Whale Film Festival will showcase multi-media works by visual storytellers to raise awareness and inspire conservation efforts to protect the world’s oceans and marine wildlife.
Presenters will include award-winning filmmakers, world-renowned wildlife photographers and digital media artists who will share insights and inspirations behind their projects, including works by Robert Baldwin, Chris Cilfone, Torsten Durkan, David Fleetham, Selket Guzman, Jeannette Heidrick, Karim Iliya, Greg Kaufman, Kulia Kaufman, Thurston Photo and Nick Wood.
The theme of the Film Festival is "Conservation in Motion" and the works cover a range of subjects, including endangered whale and dolphin populations, surfing activism, Hawaiian sea life, whalewatching in Ecuador, and other fascinating topics designed to provoke conversations that matter. There will be opportunities to meet and talk with the presenters following the screenings.
Presenters will also be taking part in an interactive VIP Whalewatch the following Sunday, February 12 from Lahaina Harbor. Whalewatchers will receive first-hand insights from PWF Founder Greg Kaufman, as well as a commemorative World Whale Day Celebrations t-shirt.